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Physicians Laboratory, Ltd.’s pathologists and staff work to provide the highest quality patient care and client services in the area. All pathologists are certified by the American Board of Pathology. PL also has an inspection team supported by the College of American Pathologists to evaluate facilities and procedures. 

 kkmurphy.jpgKarla K. Murphy, M.D.

Dr. Murphy received her MD degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and her training in pathology from Sioux Valley Hospital and R.C.Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Her areas of expertise in the clinical laboratory include Microbiology, Hematology, and Coagulation.  She also has expertise in general surgical pathology, with emphasis on Breast and Gynecologic Pathology,  and Bone Marrows.

 rasulaiman.jpgRaed A. Sulaiman, M.D.

Dr. Sulaiman received his MD degree from the University of Tishreen in Syria. He did his pathology residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York, Rhode Island Hospital of Brown University and the University of Minnesota. He completed a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. His areas of interest include surgical pathology, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology, bone marrow pathology, renal and transplant pathology, and performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration cytology. Dr. Sulaiman joined the PL team in July 1997 and he is the medical director of Avera McKennan Laboratory and president of Physicians Laboratory.

 

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Dr. Lorenzen received his MD degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, his general pathology training at the University of Nebraska, and his specialty training in forensic pathology at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as forensic pathology. Dr. Lorenzen is also a certified medical review officer.

                                                       

brprouse.jpgBruce R. Prouse, MD

Dr. Prouse received his medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD.  He completed a pathology residency at the University of South Dakota School of Medical Pathology Residency in Sioux Falls, SD followed by a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.  Dr. Prouse is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

                                                       

                                                          Stephanie J. Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Johnson 2017 cropped.jpgDr. Johnson received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. She completed her Pathology Residency there followed by a Fellowship in Anatomic Pathology. Dr. Johnson is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Her areas of special interest include breast pathology and cytology.





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Richard D. Strom, M.D.

Dr. Strom is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and completed his combined Anatomic and Clinical pathology residency at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine Department of Pathology in Sioux Falls.  Dr. Strom then completed a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Spokane, WA.  His areas of interest include all of general surgical pathology for the variety it offers. 

  

     


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Michelle J. Bleile, MD

Dr. Michelle Bleile is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado and completed her combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.  Following residency she completed fellowship training in Iowa City in the subspecialties of Hematopathology and Surgical Pathology. 

 

 


 jchoate.jpgJacquelyn D. Choate, M.D.

Dr. Jacquelyn Choate is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and completed her combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.  Following residency, she completed fellowship training in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. 

            

 

                             


    Dr. Quist color headshot.jpgErin E. Quist, MD 

 Dr. Erin Quist is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD and completed her combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  Following residency, Dr. Quist completed a fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Transplant Pathology at UNMC. 

                                                                      

                                                       Bailey A. Reindl, MD                                    

 Dr. Reindl 006.jpgDr. Bailey Reindl graduated from the University of South  Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion, SD and completed his combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine Department of Pathology in Sioux Falls.  Following residency, Dr. Reindl completed a fellowship in Surgical Pathology and Breast Pathology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY.   





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Lauren M. Murer, MD

Dr. Lauren Murer received her MD degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  She completed her combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center followed by a surgical pathology fellowship at the same facility.     






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Dr. Mary James received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.  She completed her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.  Following residency she completed fellowships in both Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking as well as in Endocrine, Head, and Neck Pathology at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT.  Dr. James also holds a Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology.  

                     

 
                                    
12_Assen_Garth_18 Medium Web view.jpgGarth A. Aasen, MD

Dr. Aasen is a graduate of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.  He completed his combined residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, CO.  Following residency Dr. Aasen completed fellowship training in the subspecialty of Hematopathology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.  He is certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Hematopathology.
 
   Dvoracek_Marc_MD Medium Web view.jpg  Mark A. Dvoracek, MD                                                   Dr. Dvoracek is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.  He completed his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Iowa.  Following his residency he completed surgical pathology fellowship training at that same institution.  Dr. Dvoracek is certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.                                   

jgruhn.jpgJenny Starks, PA-MHS (ASCP)CM

Jenny Starks is a native of Spencer, Iowa, and graduated from Spencer High School in 1995. She attended The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science degree. In June 1999, she started classes at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in the Pathologist Assistant graduate program. She graduated in May 2001 with a Masters of Health Science degree. She is a member of the American Association of Pathologist Assistants (AAPA).

Myranda 002 Medium Web view.jpg Myranda Tischer, PA-MHS (ASCP)CM

Myranda Tischer is a native of Milford, IA and graudated from Okoboji High School in 2002.  She attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Biology.  In May of 2006 she began classes at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in the Pathologist Assistant graduate program.  She graduated in June of 2008 with a Masters of Science degree.






Carissa Marler 002 Medium Web view.jpgCarissa Marler, PA-MHS (ASCP)CM

Carissa Marler is a native of Harrisburg, NE.  She received a BA in Kinesiology and Psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  Prior to continuing her studies Carissa was an emergency medical technician in Scottsbluff, NE and also worked as a web designer and developer.  Carissa then attended and received her Masters of Health Science for Pathologists' Assistants degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.  She is a member of the American Association of Pathologist Assistants (AAPA) and is an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certified Pathologist Assistant.





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Thanh Thao Pham is a native of Rochester, MN.  She received a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at Winona State University in Winona, MN.  Thao then continued her education with a Clinical Laboratory Science degree from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN where she also worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician.  Thao attended and received her Masters of Health Science for Pathologists' Assistants degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV in 2017.  Thao is a member of the American Association of Pathologist Assistants (AAPA) and is an American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certified Pathologist Assistant.